Space elevators are apparently the real deal. Essentially gigantic freight hauling lifts tethered to space stations, space elevators have persisted as an idea in scientific and engineering circles since first proposed in 1895 - despite all the advances in space travel since then.
Now comes an ambitious sci-fi short set in the shadow of a giant space elevator, in a dystopian future where the poorer classes are left to scavenge on the outskirts of sprawling launch stations, while those more powerful live within the gates and within reach of an exit from Earth.
This short, Payload, is written and directed by Stuart Willis, an Australian vfx guru who cut his teeth working on Superman Returns, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Australia, The Square and Happy Feet Two. He's now turned his hand to directing and it's an impressive step, with Willis demonstrating a strong grasp of story and character, as well as world building and special effects.
The short has already enjoyed considerable success on the festival circuit, after premiering at the prestigious Palm Springs Shortfest last year. I particularly like the fact it has also played in front of scientists and futurists at the 2011 Space Elevator Conference in Redmond, Washington.
Check out the short film Payload below!
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